Valtice Castle (The Prince and Me)

Once upon a time… Prince Edvard of Denmark (Luke Mably), a Royal playboy, specifically took interest in the University of Wisconsin in America, to run away from his royal duties. He took after the name “Eddie” to conceal his real identity, and thought he’d live a “life of parties and girls”, but little did he know that he would meet Paige Morgan (Julia Stiles), an average pre-medical American student, who turned his ways around. 

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In the movie, there were several buildings featured; although the setting is said to be in Copenhagen, Denmark, the actual shoot for this movie took place vastly in Prague, Czech Republic. Reason to this being, Prague displays hundreds of Baroque and Rococo historical buildings (be it a Chateau, a City Hall or a Castle), which housed Royalties and important people for centuries, for one: The Valtice Castle.

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The Valtice Castle, located in South Moravia, near the Czech-Austria boarder, was originally a Renaissance castle and belonged to the Seefeld family, by which later was acquired by the Lichtensteins. At the end of 17th century, the castle is transformed into a Baroque castle, commenced by Prince Charles Eusebius of Lichtensten, with the construction supervision of the Baroque Architect Domenico Martinelli, and later on with its final touches by the Austrian architect Fischer of Erlach.

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The castle features an external façade with a dramatic central projection, from the vast garden to the grand steps leading up to building itself, which is very common in Baroque styles. Another obvious pointer is the heavy use ornamental decorations and details, both in the exterior and interior. On a side note, the castle’s massive park includes several romantic buildings from the 19th century, to name: the manor house of Belveder and the Temple of Diana (otherwise known, Randezvous). Because the Valtice Castle is one amongst the other Baroque structures in the area, it falls under the Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape. Since it had became a UNESCO World Heritage site, tourists have flocked to the area and hence, the development of Hotel Hubertus in parts of Valtice.

Linking the structure to the movie, this Baroque castle was evident in the scenes of The king’s study and chambers, the queen’s study, Prince Edvard’s bedroom and the state dining room. They featured the highly decorated and detailed ornaments and paintings with gold-spirally frames.

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I have to admit that I used to pay little attention to architectural structures or any of the such detail whenever I watch a movie, but after having to do this, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been taking it for granted. I mean, who would’ve thought that filming for a supposed Castle in a movie, would consist of different angles from existing buildings in reality! Personally, I think that the setting of this movie, although it was based on several different buildings altogether, served as a great combination, to capture the same excitement and nostalgia we get whenever we watch our childhood fairy-tales. Before I bid this post a happy ever after, I’d like to end it with a “fun-fact”: During the release of this movie, the real Danish Crown Prince, Kronprins Frederik, married Mary Donaldson, who was an Australian commoner. 

Who ever said that fairy-tales aren’t real?

 

 

Beatriz Vinze A. Ticzon

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PHOTO AND REFERENCE SOURCES:

http://www.cinemareview.com/production.asp?prodid=2458

http://www.czecot.com/tourist-attraction/4704_valtice-chateau

http://tripideas.org/valtice-castle-czech-republic/

http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/royal-residences/156-liechtenstein-royal-residences/1013-valtice-castle

http://www.everycastle.com/Valtice-Castle.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Valtice_castle_courtyard.JPG

http://www.continentaltravel.org/tours/Lednice-Valtice-Mikulov-T12.php

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